I've been ill for a few days, which is why I have not really been blogging. I am still feeling somewhat washed out with my energy level yet rather low, but I am definitely better today.
I hate laying around. I have always found it difficult to lounge around for very long. Laying by the swimming pool is not my vision of how my retirement years will look. I do enjoy sitting on the beach, but I find that difficult to do for any length of time without a reading a good book on theology.
In any case, for the couple of days that I was too sick to sit up for any length of time to do much of anything, and for the few things I did do because I had to and made myself worse afterward, I am very grateful to be feeling better so that now I can attend to those things that I need to do, which I also enjoy doing.
A brief illness is always a reminder to me of the giftedness of our existence, whether that gift comes in the form of good health or the ability to complete the tasks before us or those around us who care for us in times of need. Life is a gift and all the good things that accompany life are also gifts.
And those gifts are not ends in and of themselves. Life's giftedness is for the glory of God and is intended to point to the God who has gifted us in more ways than we can possibly imagine. Moreover, such gifts are to be used on behalf of others. To use our gifts only for ourselves is to demonstrate a lack of gratitude to the God who has spared no expense for us in bringing redemption to us.
Life is a journey; enjoy it. Life is a gift; use it to gift others for the glory of God.